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HONG KONG, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tai O Heritage Hotel Hong Kong has received 4 titles at the International Hotel Awards 2017/18.  These include: 'Hong Kong's Best Small Hotel 2017/18', 'Hong Kong Best Classic Heritage Hotel 2017/18', 'International Five Stars Hotel 2017/18' and in particular, Tai O Heritage Hotel is fortunate to be the regional winner of the 'Asia Pacific's Best Small Hotel 2017/18', being the only hotel in Asia Pacific to receive this award title. These prestigious honors were presented in the International Hotel Awards - Asia Pacific Award Ceremony 2017/18 that took place on 25th and 26th May at The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park in Thailand. "These achievements would not have been possible without the wholehearted support given by the Tai O Villagers, the Lantau Community, the Hong Kong Government, the former Tai O Police Station Marine Officers and each & every visitors that we received throughout these five years.  All these drive us together in continuously making genuine commitment to preserve local cultural heritage and promoting sustainable tourism for Hong Kong," said Mr. Daryl Ng JP, Director of Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited. Initiated and operated as a non-profit social enterprise by Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited (HCF), Tai O Heritage Hotel Hong Kong is under Batch I of Hong Kong SAR Government Development Bureau's 'Revitalizing Historic Buildings through Partnership Scheme'. Graded as a Grade II historic building by Hong Kong Antiquities Advisory Board in 2010, the 115-year-old colonial architecture had been transformed successfully from the Old Tai O Police Station to a nine-room heritage boutique hotel surrounded by lush greenery. Tai O Heritage Hotel has received more than a million visitors and guests since it opened its door five years ago. By conserving the building of the Old Tai O Police Station and participating more than 100 community events, the Hotel not only strives to preserve the unique fishing village scenes and livelihood, but also works with the local community to turn Tai O into a popular ecotourism destination. Tai O Heritage Hotel has gradually become one key member of the Tai O community, providing employment opportunities for Tai O and Lantau residents. To mark its 5th anniversary, the Hotel is organizing a series of celebration programmes for Hong Kong citizens and tourists from overseas, through which the Hotel hopes to encourage continued support for heritage conservation and revitalization of Tai O. The Hotel has won the Award of Merit at UNESCO 2013 Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Awards and has been voted as 'Asia's Leading Heritage Hotel 2016' in World Travel Awards™. Tai O Heritage Hotel, graded as a Grade II historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board, was revitalised from the old Tai O Police Station, a history-steeped building dating back to 1902. It is now home to nine colonial-style rooms, a Heritage Interpretation Centre and a glass-roofed open-view restaurant Tai O Lookout. Since its opening in 2012, the Hotel has received over one million visitors. As a non-profit-making social enterprise, Tai O Heritage Hotel is committed to engaging the public in bolstering Tai O's local economy, achieving synergy with local communities, and promoting heritage conservation, tourism and green living. Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited (HCF) is a non-profit-making organisation established by the Ng Teng Fong Family in March 2008. It identifies and showcases the heritage significance of historical projects in both Hong Kong and Singapore. HCF holds the belief that conservation of cultural heritage helps the community to build a sense of identity and strengthen relationships in society.  The primary objectives of HCF are to revitalise and conserve historic buildings, and to promote the appreciation and importance of cultural heritage to the community. Directors of HCF are enthusiastic supporters of community initiatives, and possess considerable experience in heritage buildings revitalisation projects. They have been actively involved in many heritage projects, including Tai O Heritage Hotel, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Waterboat House, Clifford Pier and Far East Square.

News Article | May 25, 2017

About Ann E. Weber Ann E. Weber, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President – Drug Discovery at Kallyope Inc., a New York City-based biotechnology company focused on identification of therapeutic opportunities involving the gut-brain axis. In this role she is responsible for translating biology arising from the company's state-of the-art technology platform into drug discovery and development programs. She retired in November 2015 from Merck & Co., where she most recently held the position of Vice President – Lead Optimization Chemistry at Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), responsible for the discovery of innovative therapeutic agents across disease areas. She joined MRL as a Senior Research Chemist in 1987. Dr. Weber's research interests include the design and synthesis of ligands for G-protein coupled receptors, ion channels and enzymes. Her work has led to over 40 development candidates, including JANUVIA® (sitagliptin), a treatment for patients with Type 2 diabetes (T2DM), JANUMET®, a fixed dose combination of sitagliptin and metformin, and MARIZEV® (omarigliptin), a once-weekly treatment for T2DM that was approved in Japan in September 2015.  An additional drug candidate, vibegron for the treatment of overactive bladder, is in late stage clinical trials. Dr. Weber is the author or co-author of over 80 publications.  She is co-inventor on over 35 issued US patents. Her awards include the Robert M. Scarborough Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry (American Chemistry Society (ACS)), the Heroes of Chemistry Award (ACS), the Discoverer's Award (PhRMA), recognizing scientists whose work has been of special benefit to humankind, and a Directors' Award, the highest honor that Merck confers on its employees. She is a 2013 Liberty Science Center Women in STEM Honoree and the recipient of the 2015 Gift of Mentoring Award from the Metro Women Chemists Committee. In 2016 she was named to the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame (ACS). Before joining Merck, Dr. Weber obtained her B.S. degree in chemistry summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. She earned her Ph.D. degree from Harvard University, studying synthetic organic chemistry in the laboratories of Professor David A. Evans. About the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Perkin Medal The annual award is recognized as the highest honor given for outstanding work in applied chemistry in the United States. It commemorates the discovery of the first synthetic dye (the so-called Perkin mauve) by Sir William Henry Perkin in 1856. This discovery was a significant step forward in organic chemistry that led to the birth of a major segment of the chemical industry. The SCI Perkin Medal was first awarded to Sir William at a banquet held by the SCI in New York in 1906. Since then, more than 100 such awards have been given to notable scientists. About the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) SCI America Group, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry's international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspire students to enter technical careers. SCI America events are managed by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF). The Perkin Medal award dinner will be the final event of Innovation Day, a full day of research collaboration in the molecular sciences held at CHF on September 12, 2017. About the Chemical Heritage Foundation CHF fosters dialogue on science and technology in society. Our staff and fellows study the past in order to understand the present and inform the future. We focus on matter and materials and their effects on our modern world in territory ranging from the physical sciences and industries, through the chemical sciences and engineering, to the life sciences and technologies. We collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts; engage communities of scientists and engineers; and tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations. About Kallyope, Inc. Kallyope is a new biotechnology company headquartered in New York City. Founded by Richard Axel, Tom Maniatis, and Charles Zuker from Columbia University in November 2015, we are focused on the identification of new therapeutic opportunities involving the gut-brain axis. Kallyope is creating an industry-leading platform employing cutting edge technologies, including single cell sequencing, bioinformatics, opto- and chemo-genetics, circuit mapping, and neural imaging, for the purpose of identifying and targeting gut-brain circuits involved in health and disease.  The Company is well funded, and has assembled an outstanding scientific team with deep expertise in core platform technologies, and a leadership team with a proven track record of success in drug discovery and translation. The Company is headquartered in the Alexandria Center® for Life Sciences, a state-of-the-art, collaborative life science campus in the heart of Manhattan, with close proximity to New York City's world-leading clinical and research institutions.   For more information, see To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

News Article | May 23, 2017

Dr. Keefe has successfully combined her passion for art and chemistry into an exceptional career encompassing the multi-faceted area of coating science. Currently a Senior R&D Manager for Architectural Coatings with The Dow Chemical Company, Keefe and her co-workers were responsible for the development of the remarkable EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer platform which facilitates higher performing and more sustainable paints. Over the last 10 years Dr. Keefe has also led a technical collaboration between Dow and the art conservation science community. In this skill-based volunteerism effort, Dr. Keefe and her colleagues have successfully leveraged Dow's coating, analytical, solvent, and formulation science ability and resources to specific challenges in the art conservation field. Including a collaboration between Dow and the Tate Gallery in London which resulted in the successful restoration of Mark Rothko's painting Black on Maroon 1958. "Dr. Keefe's influence on the world of paint is remarkable," said Christopher D. Pappas, President and CEO of Trinseo and Chair of SCI America. "She is in the unique position to not only have a positive ecological influence on the commercial paint market but her developments in the field of art conservation science are equally impactful. I can't think of another scientist whose skills translate in such a singular and specific way." "Dr. Keefe is a scientist with a passion," said Dr. Sarah Eckersley, Global R&D Director, Dow Coating Materials. "In a short period of time she has pursued and achieved a career's worth of accomplishments. On behalf of Dow, we join SCI in celebrating Dr. Keefe for her contributions to coatings innovation, to the conservation of precious art, and to science." About Melinda H. Keefe Dr. Keefe is Senior R&D Manager for Architectural Coatings with The Dow Chemical Company. She has been a driving force behind both a revolutionary new technology for coatings and for activities related to art conservation. Dr. Keefe and her coworkers developed a technology that improves the performance of titania in paints, and improved the performance of the paint as a result, and was a driver in the development and commercialization of a composite forming polymer marketed by Dow Coating Materials as EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer. In the near future, Dr. Keefe will transition to Associate R&D Director in Dow's Core Formulation Sciences team where she will further leverage her coating expertise and customer engagement. Her work in art conservation has included improving wet cleaning systems for acrylic painted surfaces and other water sensitive art. These new approaches to cleaning artwork are being broadly disseminated within the art conservation field via workshops, conferences, invited lectures and publications. A highlight of Dow's contribution has been assisting Tate on solvent selection in support of the removal of graffiti ink from Mark Rothko's painting Black on Maroon. Keefe received a B.S. in Chemistry from Penn State University in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2001. She was awarded the 2013 R&D 100 Award, 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Award, the 2014 Fortune 500 "Heroes of the 500" Award, and the 2015 ACS Rising Star Award from the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society. About the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) established the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI aims to promote public understanding of research and development in modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy. About the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) SCI America Group, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry's international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspire students to enter technical careers. SCI America events are managed by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF). About the Chemical Heritage Foundation CHF fosters dialogue on science and technology in society. Our staff and fellows study the past in order to understand the present and inform the future. We focus on matter and materials and their effects on our modern world in territory ranging from the physical sciences and industries, through the chemical sciences and engineering, to the life sciences and technologies. We collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts; engage communities of scientists and engineers; and tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

"Colgate strongly believes in the importance of preparing and giving future generations of Latinos the tools to become leaders in their communities," said Carla Kelly, General Manager of Multicultural Marketing at Colgate-Palmolive. "It is a privilege to continue the partnership with the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Foundation as they share our commitment to the community and values the interest in supporting Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities through financial support." Last year, to encourage more students to apply for a grant and pursue higher education, Colgate shared an English- and Spanish-language documentary short of former Haz la U™ winner and first-year college student Jennifer Muñoz, highlighting her path to educational success. "We're proud to partner with Colgate for 'Haz la U,' which will provide educational assistance and encouragement to young Latinos in America," said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation. "This program invites students to celebrate their Latino culture, reinforces the importance of educational advancement and empowers applicants to become the drivers of their own destiny." For more information about Haz la U™ and application guidelines, visit, or, and follow HHF on Facebook and Twitter. About Colgate-Palmolive Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit About HHF and LOFT The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit originally established by the White House in 1988, inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America's priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has offices in Los Angeles, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University. Follow Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Facebook and @HHFoundation on Twitter. HHF's award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 "Tracks," or industries including: Technology, Science, Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas.  Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are tracked and connected to each other as well as to mentors and resources; attend over 50 trainings, workshops, and Charlas hosted across the country; participate in creative initiatives; and placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.  Visit or follow @LOFTinstitute on Twitter. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

News Article | May 10, 2017

DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont) provided support for an exhibit that commemorates Stephanie Kwolek and highlights the chemistry and engineering behind the development of DuPont™ Kevlar®. This high-strength material was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tires, but today finds use in many applications ranging from sporting goods and apparel, industrial personal protection and body armor. In addition, the display includes references to the associated fiber, DuPont™ Nomex®. With support from the University of Delaware Department of Chemistry, the Delaware Academy of Chemical Sciences collected materials from Hagley Museum & Library, the Chemical Heritage Foundation and DuPont and transformed these materials into a 3-story exhibit that includes: The exhibit at the University of Delaware (UD) Lammont du Pont Laboratory in Newark, Del., opened on May 5. The opening reception included some special guests, including Rita Vasta, who was mentored by Stephanie Kwolek, and who became one of her closest friends; Tom Connelly, executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society; Carlo Fiorella, from DuPont Protection Solutions and Prof. Murray Johnston, UD Chemistry Department Chair. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the life of Stephanie Kwolek, the discovery of Kevlar® and the engineering necessary to commercialize the fiber,” said Ed Adams, president of the Delaware Academy of Chemical Sciences and public affairs manager, DuPont. The exhibit at the Lammont du Pont Laboratory will be open until the end of the year. DuPont Protection Solutions is a global leader in products and solutions that protect what matters — people, structures and the environment — and enables its customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale and iconic brands. DuPont™ Kevlar® helps protect law enforcement officers, military personnel, athletes and astronauts; DuPont™ Nomex® helps protect firefighters, industrial workers and race car drivers, as well as mass transit and wind energy systems; DuPont™ Tyvek® helps protect chemical industrial workers, as well as sterile medical devices and building construction; and DuPont™ Corian® resists the growth of bacteria to help protect hospital patients against infection. For more information about DuPont Protection Solutions visit: DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit The DuPont Oval logo, DuPont™ and all products, unless otherwise noted, denoted with ™, ℠or ® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates.

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Science Technology and Human Values | Year: 2010

In light of arguments that citizen science has the potential to make environmental knowledge and policy more robust and democratic, this article inquires into the factors that shape the ability of citizen science to actually influence scientists and decision makers. Using the case of community-based air toxics monitoring with "buckets," it argues that citizen science's effectiveness is significantly influenced by standards and standardized practices. It demonstrates that, on one hand, standards serve a boundary-bridging function that affords bucket monitoring data a crucial measure of legitimacy among experts. On the other hand, standards simultaneously serve a boundary-policing function, allowing experts to dismiss bucket data as irrelevant to the central project of air quality assessment. The article thus calls attention to standard setting as an important site of intervention for citizen science-based efforts to democratize science and policy. © The Author(s) 2010.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 99.07K | Year: 2012

This project has two goals. One is to teach Ahtna people about the language materials previously collected by anthropologists and linguists available to them, and the second is to create new Ahtna speakers through the use of these materials. One of the goals of the Documenting Endangered Languages Program is to provide wider access to documentary materials. The Program solicitation also encourages language investigators to find innovative ways of training native speakers in descriptive linguistics. The project proposed by PIs Cain and Charley-John would accomplish these objectives. While wider access generally refers to digitization or other means of treating linguistic materials so that they can be shared through current technological media, this project aims to widen the access of Tribal members themselves through training in linguistic analysis. Given the extreme endangerment of a language that has, apparently, fewer than 100 speakers, all of whom are elderly, providing access to the ethnic population that has the greatest stake in its preservation is the major contribution of this proposal. Using Breath of Life methodologies proven to be successful in other communities to enhance that access is an excellent way to begin the training of the speakers in linguistic analysis. The hands-on homework/project plan proposed by the PIs enhances the possibilities for success in this project.

A language with as few speakers as claimed in this proposal for Ahtna could be urgently in need of documentation. Unfortunately, while the proposers indicate that there does exist documentation within the Ahtna archive, specifics are not made available within the proposal. That dictionaries, language curriculum materials, audio and video recordings, transcripts, photo archives and documents exist and are available to the Tribe for their study is not substantially documented within the proposal. It is, therefore, difficult to assess their quality or their accessibility for the proposed project and to declare its intellectual merit on that basis. However, the participation of elders who are speakers of the language assures that language data will be available to the tribal member student groups for further documentation in addition to transcription of existing materials, no matter the quality of those materials.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ARCTIC SOCIAL SCIENCES | Award Amount: 399.06K | Year: 2014

A fundamental mission of the Documenting Endangered Language Program is to create digital infrastructure that provides scientists and endangered-language community members access to threatened language data. Countless extant records of endangered languages worldwide are in need of curation with input from linguists and the speaker-communities. April Counceller and Alisha Drabek of the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation will work with a strong team of community members, linguists, archivists, and museum curators to build a comprehensive database of one highly endangered language, Kodiak Alutiiq spoken in coastal Alaska (Alaska Peninsula to Prince William Sound). This database will include existing audio recordings with enhanced metadata, additional data from 33 remaining speakers, and a speaker registry recording when and how each speaker acquired the language. A major part of the project will be to educate Alutiiq speakers on metadata terminology so that materials can continue to be curated and located with ease.

The key to improved language documentation and linguistic discovery is access to language data from a variety of genres, ages, and styles since each data sample provides a different view of language structure. The proposed Alutiq database, created using the innovative Mukurtu Content Management System for endangered language data, will be a model for other communities on how to create a rich corpus for linguistic analysis and community use and how to curate data. It will provide data access and search capabilities. The project will fill gaps in the database by recording missing genres or interaction-types from speakers. The database will be easily accessible through the Alutiiq Museum and the Alaska Native Language Archive websites.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 40.57K | Year: 2012

The Koniag Alutiiq Orthography project will compile and complete existing, unpublished research to develop a stable, standardized orthography system for Kodiak Alutiiq. The PI, Dr. April Counceller of the Alutiiq Museum and University of Alaska - Kodiak College, will work with renowned Alutiiq Linguist Jeff Leer, who is recently retired from the Alaska Native Language Center at UAF. Counceller will compile Leers previous research notes and articles on the Alutiiq writing system, collect new data from the few remaining fluent speakers (less than 50, all elderly and scattered throughout Alaska), and create a writing system book that will be accessible to heritage speakers. This data will be of great interest to language scholars developing orthographies for endangered languages and for comparative linguistics. In addition the project will create materials that this will assist in the preservation of the Alutiiq language for future heritage speakers. The project PI correctly states that this project is appropriate for RAPID funding because many factors have converged to make this project successful and timely: 1) the availability and willingness of Dr. Leer to participate; 2) the waning availability of a few fluent first-language speakers; 3) The Alaska Native Corporation, Chugachmiuts willingness to support Dr. Counceller through sharing of similar-dialect materials, and 4) the urgent need in the community for the orthography in order to produce language revitalization texts.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 65.51K | Year: 2012

The Atomic Heritage Foundation is conducting a two-day conference in Washington, D.C. that brings together scholars, researchers and informal science education professionals to explore new approaches to engage the public in issues at the interface of science and society. The conference will consider recent scholarship about the legacy of the Manhattan Project during and post WWII and address how questions about science and society raised by the development of the atomic bomb can inform and be integrated with contemporary issues. Also attending the conference will be representatives from the American Science and Energy Museum in Oak Ridge, TN, the Los Alamos Historical Society in Los Alamos, NM, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, NM, and the Columbia River Exhibition on Science, History and Technology in Richland, WA.

This exploratory workshop is intended both to advance the inter-disciplinary scholarship and to generate innovative ideas and recommendations for the development of exhibits, programs and media about this topic and its relevance to the 21st Century. The focus is not about presenting the underlying science of nuclear fission or energy, for example, but speaks to the greater challenges that emerge when presenting issues raised by science in the broader context of history, society and culture. Given the goals and inter-disciplinary nature of the topic and the diversity of the expertise of participating professionals, the workshop is being supported by the Informal Science Education program in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Science, Technology and Society Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).

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